Albert is a 2nd-year PhD student in Synthetic Biology in the Department of Bioengineering. In his PhD, Albert will take an innovative approach to tackle the impact of heterologous nitrogen fixation on the fitness of a non-model, plant-associated bacterium, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of current nitrogen biofertilisers.
Albert's research is funded by a Transition to Zero Pollution scholarship, and is aligned with the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Programme (SSCP DTP) run by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial.
He holds a First Class degree in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and an MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology from Imperial College. He also has extensive wet lab experience, including a 6-month placement in the lab of Prof. Dr. Barbara Di Ventura in Germany.
Before embarking on doctoral research, Albert did a two-year stint as Research Assistant in the Department of Bioengineering, working on a "blue skies" research project combining synthetic biology, optogenetics and 3D printing. During his time as RA, Albert wrote a research proposal on synthetic biology and biofertilisers that would later on become his PhD project.
As part of his doctoral training with the SSCP DTP and the Grantham Institute, Albert has participated in a number of science communication events, including the Pint of Science festival and the organisation of a climate photography competition.